fiction

Have You Heard About... The Never List

… the woman who spent three years in the basement of an intelligent and ruthless psychopath? Thankfully, I’m talking about a fictional novel: The Never List by Koethi Zan. Sarah is a young woman in her early 30’s who spent three years in her abductor’s basement. Her best friend, Jennifer, was also captured and forced to live in the basement, but Jennifer never made it out.

Have You Heard About... Wickedly Dangerous

… Baba Yagas? They may have their roots in Russian folklore, but these witches are perfectly comfortable in the present-day United States. More than a name, “Baba Yaga” is now a title shared by several women around the world, including Barbara Yager, the heroine of Deborah Blake’s Wickedly Dangerous*.

Have You Heard About... The Snowman

… the serial killer who leaves behind snowmen as a calling card?

Have You Heard About... Mother, Mother

… the mother who makes Norma Bates look like a kind and gentle soul? Koren Zailckas’ stunning psychological thriller, Mother, Mother, revolves around Josephine Hurst, mother to three children and wife to a brilliant tech guru. On the outside, the family looks perfect.

Have You Heard About... Help for the Haunted

… the mysterious death of two renowned demonologists? With a premise like that, I instantly knew I had to read Help for the Haunted by John Searles, and boy, was I ever impressed. When it comes to “well-written” stories, whatever that vague term may mean, Help for the Haunted surpassed my wildest expectations.

Have You Heard About... The Mutts Diaries

… the sweet, silly, touching, and all-around adorable adventures of adopted cats and dogs? Patrick McDonnell has been writing the Mutts comic strip for many years now. One of his most recent collections is The Mutts Diaries.

Have You Heard About... Bittersweet

… the summer’s perfect beach novel? Summer may be several months away, but Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is definitely still worth a read.

Have You Heard About... Lock in

… Haden’s syndrome, which prevents sufferers from making any voluntary movements, while leaving them fully conscious? This horrific condition is one of the key elements in John Scalzi’s Lock in. However, this is far from a horror novel.

Have You Heard About... The House of the Four Winds

… the twelve princesses of Swansgaarde? Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory begin a new series with The House of the Four Winds. The Duke and Duchess of Swansgaarde have only daughters until their thirteenth child is born.

Have You Heard About... Night Film

… the mystery surrounding cult horror film director Stanislas Cordova? In Night Film by Marisha Pessl, the story itself is a hardboiled mystery novel with strong horror elements. Scott McGrath, a publicly ridiculed journalist, sets out to revive his reputation by investigating an enigmatic horror film director with a large cult following named Stanislas Cordova.

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